Announcement: Katie Cicerchi leaving ATF to pursue new adventure

Dear Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I must inform everyone of Katie Cicerchi’s decision to leave the American Transplant Foundation.  Katie started as an intern more than two and a half years ago, and during that time advanced to the position of Outreach and External Affairs Coordinator.

Katie Cicerchi

Katie Cicerchi at Team Transplant 2010

Katie brought new energy to the Foundation with her savvy knowledge of social media, professional writing and communications skills, and devotion to developing our volunteer program.  Her dedication and contribution to not just the Foundation, but to the cause itself, has been noteworthy.  It has been a pleasure working with her. 

However, looking past the Foundation’s loss, it is also with great pride that I see her leave to pursue a passion true to her heart.  Katie has joined Hands On Disaster Response to become a relief worker in Haiti, thus the reason for my mixed emotions.  While she will be missed here, I can only be proud of her decision to help others who are in such great need. 

Katie’s last day of full-time employment at the Foundation will be August 6th and she will continue to work part-time until mid-September before leaving on her new journey.  Please join me in thanking Katie for her hard work and service to the American Transplant Foundation, and in wishing her a safe and a wonderful experience in Haiti.

Kind Regards,

Heidi A. Heltzel

Co-Founder and Executive Director

9 replies
  1. Kristi Miller
    Kristi Miller says:

    Dearest Katie,

    How exciting and not surprising that you would do something so wonderful! We wish you the best of luck and loved working with you last year. You are an incredible, smart, fun young woman, with so much to offer. Good luck and be safe. Fondly, Bryan and Kristi Miller

  2. Carolyn Cline
    Carolyn Cline says:

    Congratulations, Katie, on accepting the opportunity to go to Haiti! I know you will be an outstanding addition to the work efforts there. It has been a tremendous pleasure getting to know you and working with you – you’re the best!!!!

  3. Katie
    Katie says:

    Kristi, Bryan, and Carolyn, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you and getting to know you. Thank YOU for all the things you have done for the Foundation! Though I am sad to leave, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help in Haiti. Thank you so much for your kind words.


  4. Leon Duran
    Leon Duran says:

    Good & bad news all at once, what an emotional rush! I am so happy about your new adventure, Katie! As a former Red Cross Disaster Response Coordinator, I can certainly understand the importance of what you’re going to do and salute you for it!

    On the other hand, I’m going to miss you!!! You are one of the most awesome people I’ve had the pleasure to know! Thanks for making my ATF experience so great.

    All the Best!!


  5. Dave Legg
    Dave Legg says:

    Hiya Katie,
    Was sure nice to have met you at the Donor Dash and on the phone. I wish you all the best in your endeavors in Haiti! Keep us posted and I know you will make us all proud.
    God Bless,


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